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posted on 15.02.2022, 12:00 by Florence Nwankwo, Hyunjae Daniel Shin, Amin Al-Habaibeh, Hiba MassoudHiba Massoud
Limited screen time has been recommended by the American Academy of Paediatrics for all children and no screen time for children under 2 years of age. With the advancement in technology, the prevalence and detrimental effects of excess screen time on children has become a global problem that can lead to health issues such as obesity and other cardiovascular diseases among both adults and children. This article examines the drivers of screen-related sedentary behaviour within the home context and reports on parents’ attitude in supporting children’s associated behaviour. The study implemented a mixed method approach of online questionnaire and face-to-face interviews. A total of 140 questionnaires, 10 semi-structured interviews, and responses from parents were used to evaluate children’s behaviour toward screen use and parents’ perception. The analysis of the article has shown that parents are concerned about their children’s screen time during weekends and holidays with a significant correlation between the number of hours their children spend on on-screen activities and their level of concern (P < .01). Also, for the same P value (P < .01), it has been found that there is a statistically significant positive relationship between children’s screen time and their food and beverages consumption. Children’s use of screen technology is becoming a challenge for parents as they present barriers to healthy physical activities. From the parents’ viewpoint, there is a need to change the screen use habit and this requires an appropriate intervention that promotes gratifying measures to induce more active behaviours to displace screen viewing.

History

Published in

Global Pediatric Health

Publisher

Sage

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Nwankwo, F., Shin, H.D., Al-Habaibeh, A. and Massoud, H. (2019) 'Evaluation of Children’s Screen Viewing Time and Parental Role in Household Context', Global Pediatric Health, 6, p.2333794X19878062. DOI: 10.1177/2333794X19878062

Electronic ISSN

2333-794X

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff Met Authors

Hiba Massoud

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Welsh Centre for Business and Management Research

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

Language

en